Feb 23, 2022
By Christine Ross
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revoked the Emergencies Act and Ontario will end the state of emergency to align with the federal decision. Trudeau is revoking the Act after 10 days, saying he’s confident existing laws are now sufficient to keep people safe.
“As we’ve gone through this past week, we have now seen and been assured by our police forces and jurisdictions across the country that they now have sufficient tools in regular times to deal with any further challenges and therefore we are pleased to be able to lift and revoke the Emergencies Act,” Trudeau told a news conference.
The Prime Minister defends using the Act. “As the weeks went by, it became obvious that provincial and local authorities needed more tools in order to enforce the law and protect Canadians. ”
But he admits the threat continues — referring to two encampments just outside Ottawa — but says the acute emergency is over.
Meantime, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday February 23, the state of emergency in Ontario will end.
Statement from the Office of Premier Doug Ford
“In alignment with the federal government, Ontario will be terminating its declaration of a state of emergency as of 5:00 p.m. today. The emergency tools provided to law enforcement will be maintained at this time as police continue to address ongoing activity on the ground. We remain grateful to all frontline officers and first responders that contributed to peacefully resolving the situation in Ottawa, Windsor and in other parts of the province.”